Illegal HtBt cotton seed sales hit industry hard

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May 09, 2022 Ram Kaundinya, Director General of Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) is an expert in the field of management, especially in the business of agriculture. He has a total corporate experience of 35 years at very senior positions. He is an author, strategic management consultant, teacher and a policy analyst in India. He worked for 22 years in agro-chemical industry including 14 years with Hoechst India and 8 years with Cyanamid India, the last assignment being the managing director of Cyanamid India. He worked for 13 years in the seed industry including 5 years as the MD of Emergent Genetics and 8 years as the global CEO of Advanta Seeds. He was the Chairman of the Crop Life India, an association of crop protection chemical industry for 2 years. He was also the chairman of the agriculture group of the Biotech industry association called ABLE AG for four years. He is at present the Director General of Federation of Seed Industry of , Director General of Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) is an expert in the field of management, especially in the business of agriculture. He has a total corporate experience of 35 years at very senior positions. He is an author, strategic management consultant, teacher and a policy analyst in India. He worked for 22 years in agro-chemical industry including 14 years with Hoechst India and 8 years with Cyanamid India, the last assignment being the managing director of Cyanamid India. He worked for 13 years in the seed industry including 5 years as the MD of Emergent Genetics and 8 years as the global CEO of Advanta Seeds. He was the Chairman of the Crop Life India, an association of crop protection chemical industry for 2 years. He was also the chairman of the agriculture group of the Biotech industry association called ABLE AG for four years. He is at present the Director General of Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII). In an interview to The Hans India, he spoke on the state of agri business, the ills plaguing it for long and the solutions thereof

Please throw light on the state of illegal HtBt cotton seeds in India
What we call as illegal seeds are seeds which are containing unapproved GM traits. GM traits have to be approved by the government through GEAC and so far only one trait is approved, which is called Bt cotton. But what the illegal seeds which are carrying the Bt have some other unapproved traits, which could be some other insect resistant traits. These illegal seeds, as we call them, are being produced by operators mostly in Gujarat, and they're being sold in Maharashtra, Gujarat, parts of Telangana and Andhra. But the majority of the acreage is coming in Maharashtra and Gujarat. This year, we are expecting that it will cover almost 20% of the cotton area in the country. Last year it was around 16% - 17% and there was a sudden spurt last year, previously it was not so high. I think now because farmers need a solution for their weed problems, they're buying it they also need a solution to their insect problems. That's why they're buying even at a very high price.


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